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Postdoctoral Scholar, Hematology
BioAs a doctor and researcher, I am driven by curiosity and intrigued by the unknown. In the clinics, my days are filled with ‘real-life biology’ and the joy of interacting with the most pure and honest people in the world: children. In the research lab, my curiosity is driven by the complexity of the disease cancer and it’s microenvironment. I am an unbiased thinker and can easily adapt plans and ideas based on obtained data. My pro-active attitude and eye for detail helped me master multiple complex techniques, start collaborations, and push projects to the next level. In my view, combining fundamental & translational research is the way forward to find a cure for every child with cancer. My postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University will therefore focus on the establishment of novel comprehensive organoid models for pediatric cancers.
Kathleen Dantzler Press
Postdoctoral Scholar, Infectious Diseases
BioThroughout my scientific training, I have focused on building an interdisciplinary background in molecular parasitology, biochemistry, immunology, and public health to provide me with the skills needed to pursue development of a successful malaria vaccine. My PhD research at Harvard centered on understanding immune responses to the developing transmission stages of malaria. By providing the first evidence for natural immunity to immature transmission stages, this work supports interrupting development and maturation of these parasites as a novel approach to transmission-blocking vaccine design. During my postdoctoral fellowship and in the future, I hope to continue researching host-pathogen interactions with applications to malaria vaccine development, while also being involved in global health work in the field. Currently my work focuses on understanding mechanisms of natural immunity to malaria and immune tolerance, particularly in the context of gamma delta T cell and monocyte responses.
Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Cardiovascular Medicine
Fellow in Medicine
BioKrishna Pundi, MD is a Fellow in Cardiovascular Medicine at Stanford University. He received his MD from Mayo Medical school and completed internal medicine residency at Stanford University. Following internal medicine residency, Dr. Pundi received a combined appointment as a clinical instructor in hospital medicine and a post-doctoral research fellow for the ENHANCE-AF clinical trial as part of the AHA’s Strategically Focused Research Networks. Dr. Pundi then started Cardiovascular Medicine Fellowship at Stanford University in July 2020.
Dr. Pundi’s research interest is in combining traditional epidemiologic approaches of understanding disease with novel methods of data acquisition to define clinical, demographic, and arrhythmia morphology features that predict cardiovascular events and death. He was recently awarded an ACC/Bristol Myers Squibb Research Fellowship Award to study the practice variation and treatment outcomes for patients with non-sustained ventricular tachycardia.
Postdoctoral Scholar, General Internal Medicine
Current Research and Scholarly InterestsPostdoctoral researcher at Stanford Medicine, Stanford Aging and Ethnogeriatrics Research Center (SAGE):
* Conducting a pilot research to study impact of social immersive virtual reality on older
adults’ health, using mixed methods approach.
*Conducted scoping review to identify barriers and facilitators of Latinx older adults
participation in clinical trials.
* Worked on exploring older adults’ use of technology during COVID-19 pandemic.
Research at other institutions:
*Experience conducing research projects using traditional research methods (surveys, observations, interviews, videorecording, diaries) and innovative research methods (360° video, virtual reality, time-lapse photography, artifacts, creative methods).
*Experience using participatory, ethnographic, multimodal, and design-based research methodologies.
*Conducted an academic-industry research partnership with the BBC Micro:bit Foundation.
*Participated in diverse interdisciplinary international research initiatives (UK, Germany, Brazil) to explore, analyze, and discuss tech implementations related to algorithm’s power and bias, ethics and technology, responsible AI.
*Designed and implemented a technological learning space for children, adolescents and older adults to learn together.